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Windows 8, OS X upgrades by the numbers

Like 2009, this year is one of dueling operating system upgrades, when the two biggest desktop OS rivals face off with new editions.

Apple borrows from Windows Update playbook for OS X Mountain Lion

Apple will boost the frequency of security updates in OS X Mountain Lion and automatically install required patches for users, steps that bring it into line with Microsoft's approach.

Rare working Apple 1 computer sells for record $374,500

A 36-year-old Apple-1 personal computer -- one of just six thought to be in working condition -- sold for a record $374,500 at a New York auction Friday.

MacBook Air price cuts make it tougher on Windows ultrabook makers

Apple's move to cut prices on three of its four MacBook Air models could prove challenging to computer makers looking to cash in on the thin-and-light category with Windows-powered ultrabooks.

Adobe patches critical Flash bugs, ships sandboxed plug-in for Firefox

In addition to patching seven critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player, Adobe also also released the "silent update" tool for OS X, and said it had prepped Flash for Mountain Lion by signing its code, a requirement if users are to install software downloaded from sources other than Apple's own Mac App Store.

Google warns users of 'state-sponsored' hacks

Google says it will warn users of its Gmail online email services when it suspects they may be targets of "state-sponsored" attacks.

iPad owners love their tablets, survey shows

A near-record 81 percent of owners of Apple's newest iPad said that they were "very satisfied" with the tablet in a survey conducted by a market research firm last month.

Chrome steals second place from Firefox in browser wars

Google's Chrome passed Mozilla's Firefox in May to become the world's second-most-popular browser.

Sotheby's to auction rare working Apple-1 computer

Sotheby's will put some Apple history on the block next month, including one of only six working Apple-1 personal computers.

Opera is Facebook's best browser play

Facebook may acquire Norwegian browser maker Opera Software, developer of the Opera and Opera Mini browsers for desktops and mobile phones, according to a report by U.K.-based technology website Pocket-lint.

Flashback click fraud campaign was a bust

The hackers in charge of the Flashback botnet managed to generate $14,000 from their click fraud campaign, but have not been paid.

Google releases Chrome 19 with tab sync and bug fixes

Google released Chrome 19, patched 20 vulnerabilities in the browser, and doled out $16,500 in bug bounties and rewards to independent researchers.

Adobe's security chief praises Apple for Flash-crippling move

Adobe's head of security applauds Apple's move to block outdated versions of his company's Flash Player.

Microsoft pitches SkyDrive over iCloud to Mac Office users

Microsoft is pitching its SkyDrive online storage service to Office for Mac users, saying Apple's iCloud offering is "not enough."

Security vendor: Snow Leopard users most prone to Flashback infection

Of the Macs that have been infected by the Flashback malware, nearly two-thirds are running OS X 10.6, better known as Snow Leopard, Russian antivirus firm Dr. Web says.